The World According to Monsieur Khiar

After ten years of working in war zones as a documentary photographer for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, Dutchman Jeroen Robert Kramer decides to start a new life as an artist in Lebanon. In his hometown Beirut he meets Monsieur Khiar, an elderly gentleman in whom he recognizes a better version of himself. “Khiar is the hero I could never be”, Kramer states:  “he is the most impressive person I’ve ever met in my life”. Their walks through the old neighborhoods of Beirut, their talks about art, literature and the beauty of small things become a source of inspiration for Kramer. Instead of focusing on the spectacular, and feeling shame and remorse about photographing people in the worst moments of their lives, Kramer attempts to tell an everyday story. A story which can help him to transform the scars of his past into a work of art. As Monsieur Khiar refuses to be photographed Kramers fascination turns into an obsession.

The film premiered during IDFA 2015, selected for the IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary IDFA 2015 .

The World According to Monsieur Khiar is a coproduction by Memphis Film & Television and the NTR. The film is realized with the support of Mediafonds, VSB Fonds and the Stichting Democratie en Media.

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Sjors Swierstra



Erik van Empel



Mark Wessner



Menno Boerema



Heddy Honigmann



Godelieve Eijsink


Executive producer

Cécile van Eijk


Production manager Beirut

Leena Saidi



Mathijs Jorritsma

Production Assistant

Veerle Luijten

Sterre Schout

Tim van Velzen


Original score

Wouter van Bemmel


Sound design& Mixage

Mark Glynne


Sound editor

Antony Gray


Assistant sound design

Selle Sellink


Mixing Theater




Laurent Fluttert


Online & post production

Het Raam Digital Cinema





Poster design & titles

Joost Hiensch | ShoSho


Publicity text

Koen Machielse





Production coordinator NTR

Astrid Prickaerts

Joachim Trommel


Junior commissioning editor NTR

Marloes Blokker


Commissioning editor NTR

Oscar van der Kroon



Cécile van Eijk

Sherman De Jesus


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